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Playseat® Challenge

by Playseats
Windows Vista / XP, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 3, PlayStation2, PlayStation, Mac
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Compatible with PS4, PS3, PS2, Wii, Wii U, Xbox, Xbox 360, Xbox 720, Mac, Windows, PC!
  • Compatible with all steering wheel and pedal sets on the market!
  • Unique and patented foldable design for use anywhere, anytime!
  • Easy to set up and fully adjustable ergonomic seat!
  • Superior build quality, stability and comfort!

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Playseat® Challenge + Thrustmaster T80 Driveclub Edition Racing Wheel (PS4/ PS3) + Driveclub (PS4)
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Game Information

  • Platform:          Windows Vista / XP, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox, PlayStation 3, PlayStation2, PlayStation, Mac
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B009ZELZDS
  • Product Dimensions: 80 x 57.5 x 20 cm ; 13 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,096 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Safety

This product is subject to specific safety warnings
  • Warning: Not suitable for children under 8 years. For use under adult supervision

Product Description

Set the fastest times, win all races and have loads of fun with friends and family with the Playseat® Challenge! A rock-stable, super-comfortable and incredible versatile racing seat, but only 11 inches thick when stored! Originated from the needs for a small, but very effective racing seat, the Playseat® Challenge can be used anywhere, anytime. Without giving up on the stability, comfort and looks of a regular racing seat. The Playseat® Challenge has a unique and patented design allowing it to be stored everywhere, including the steering wheel and pedal sets. Partners like Red Bull Racing, WRC, Sony, Gran Turismo and Logitech have enabled Playseat® to put all the knowledge in one package. The Playseat® Challenge, a revolution in racing simulators; buy it now!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Pleased. 27 Nov. 2013
By Primate
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I've had the Playseat `Challenge' for a month; I use it with Forza 4. I was a bit sheepish about spending £180 (eBay) on what looked like a deck chair, but since it was the only thing offering something like a driving seat, with the easy storage of a steering wheel stand. All of the online reviews that I could find were good so I bought one.

On delivery it took less than 2 minutes set up, all the major parts are well made. Some of the small Velcro straps (used when folded for storage) are a bit flimsy as are some of the plastics around the footplate hinge. These were my initial reactions.

That's all the negative things I have to say, having spent 20 hours in the seat, I love it. Being able to change the driving position from fairly upright down to the F1 racing position is great, the seat is supportive and 2 hour stints haven't been a problem for me. It's also extremely stable, I have had no lateral movement at all, no matter how frantic the driving gets. Once folded, with your wheel and pedals still attached it is only 30cm deep and fits easily into a cupboard and it really does only take seconds to set up once you've got your wheel & pedals ready attached. It has well exceeded all my expectations, if you're thinking about it, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

I should say I still think it's a bit over priced for what it is, but in the context of the options available this is a safe purchase.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good product 1 May 2014
Had this wheel a few days now and am very happy.

When looking around it was very important i was able to fold away and store easily as i play in the living room. This rig is perfect for that, it folds away easily with the wheel/pedals attached even smaller than i'd expected and is light and easy to move.

When the seat is brought out from behind the sofa it doesn't stop impressing, Build quality is excellent and the rig looks and feels great even for what is a low price in this market.

Setting up is nice and easy and i found the perfect seating position for myself no problem, the only slight drawback being that you cannot adjust the wheel position (only tilt) meaning that my seating position is determined by where i can reach the wheel best, If i wanted to adjust to a more F1 seating position the wheel would be out of reach.

Once you're into the rig it is surprisingly comfortable and stable. It may take a while to adjust all the straps to using trial and error to get it correct for your own taste. I found setting the front/leg strap quite loose and setting the back strap as tight as possible worked best for me.

Pros :
Price
Build Quality
Very stable
Easy set-up
Easy Fold away and storage
Generally Conformable

Cons :
Steering wheel position not adjustable
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant present 30 Oct. 2013
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I brought this for my husband for his birthday, and he said it's the best present he's ever had!
Folds away well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 Oct. 2014
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Very stable and fits perfectly for g25
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  18 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Seat! 15 Dec. 2013
By Chris C. - Published on Amazon.com
Wheel Used: Thrustmaster TX
My Height/Weight: 6'2" / 185 lbs

I got this seat about 3 days ago and absolutely love it. Setting up the seat was extremely easy, comes with straight forward instructions. The metal that the seat frame is made out of feels sturdy, and the fabric that the actual seat is made out of feels very well made and is super comfortable.

The seat provides you with a lot of options as far as customization goes. The pedal holder can be extended outward for taller people (I had to extend it just a little bit from how it arrived). The spot that the wheel is mounted on can be tilted up or down, and the seat itself can be reclined/inclined depending on how you like to play. I've only got about 3 hours of play time with this seat, but so far I feel like its been a great investment. Not only is it a very nice seat, but its actually made me enjoy my wheel more than before. The wheel was painless to mound, just has two screws. Once mounted it feels very sturdy.

There are two reasons why I gave it 4/5 stars.
1) The medal triangular pieces that the side straps go into (that recline the seat) push a little bit into my legs while I play. After a couple of hours of play time, you can start to feel it a bit. I'm going to wrap them in something to see if that helps.
2) The plastic piece that you turn around to lock the wheel stand in place once you're seated feels a little cheap. Not sure how long it will last, but its a pretty big solid piece of plastic, so hopefully it'll be ok for a while
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Warning for users with Shifters / Gearbox 12 Dec. 2013
By Ernest - Published on Amazon.com
Warning for: (Logitech G27 Users)

The Playseat Challenge does not offer a mount for your shifter, you'll have to purchase this separately (search for Playseat Logitech G27 Gearshift Support) which is an additional $40

Although the Challenge does not offer a way to tilt your pedal base, I bought a few pieces of wood and had home depot cut it into a triangle, so that it supports the entire length of the mount. Seems to work just fine for about $20

What's nice about the Challenge is it does fold up compactly as opposed to the other Playseats, when storage space is a consideration this unit is a good choice
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be a little wider (3.5 star rating) 18 Jun. 2014
By Larry Liang - Published on Amazon.com
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The Challenge is perfect for my apartment given its low weight and ability to fold up for storage. However, it's slightly narrower than normal chairs and that loses it those 1.5 stars. The straps at the sides which determine the chair's recline are just a little too close to the body for comfort. Given that they're not padded in any way, any extraneous movement while in the seat can lead to unpleasant scrapes.

Other than that however, the chair works as it should. The extendable chair stand looks like it should just snap off while being useless for preventing the chair from flipping, but it's sturdier than it looks and does its job well. The rotating wheel stand is great, and even fully open, as long as the aforementioned stand is extended, the chair does not flip even with the extra weight from the wheel. Finally, the pedal stand works as expected and is a simple and elegant solution for keeping the pedals where you want them.

I would recommend this product to people who do not want a more permanent driving simulator solution or just don't have the space for one. However, the chair is slightly uncomfortable due to its narrower width at the hip area.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great racing seat setup and the added bonus of folding up is key 8 Feb. 2014
By D. Bowen - Published on Amazon.com
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After Christmas I decided to make the leap and try to get a good racing setup for the PS3 that I would use with Gran Turismo and the F1 games I have. When I found the Playseat Challenge it seemed like a great fit in that when I wasn't using the setup it could be folded up and put in a closet (with the wheel and pedals still attached) where as the other setups just had too large of a footprint. The seat itself is great and has quality build components and for a 6' tall 200 lb man it works just great (though I'll say it could be easier to get in and out of but that's minor).

Pros:
Foldable
Great mounts for wheel and pedals
Seat molds to your body since the seat itself is flexible

Cons:
Doesn't come with a shifter mount for G27 and it's insane to me that they charge > $50 for the piece of metal to mount it. I just went to Lowe's and bought a L piece of aluminum, cut it, drill holes and it works great for maybe $10.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect when space is a concern - for the casual arcade racers and hardcore PC sim-racers alike 1 Jan. 2015
By Steve - Published on Amazon.com
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My height & weight: 6', 250lbs, 38-40" waist.
Equipment: Logitech G27 wheel & Shifter, Fanatec ClubSport V2 pedals

Simply put, I fit perfectly. Getting in is a bit tricky as I can't lift my wheel out of the way completely due to my L-shaped desk, but once in place, and after a quick... umm... adjustment... this is one of the most comfortable seats I have ever used. I was a little worried about how well I'd fit as I'm a big guy, but the seat was easy to adjust and I fit just fine. If you have larger than a 40" waist I'd imagine things could get a bit tricky. Below 40", you're going to fit perfectly. On to some long-winded thoughts:

Build Quality: This is a very sturdy unit. People on gaming forums and people who own dedicated cockpit rigs tend to laugh at it and call it a glorified lawn chair, but it really is a well-built, well-thought out unit. The seat material is a quality, padded ultrasuede type material with nice red stitching. The tubing is solid with a nice matte black powdercoat finish. Once everything is set in place and you are locked in the seat doesn't wobble, tilt, or do anything other than hold you comfortably in place.

Assembly/Adjustment: The instructions are vague, but there really isn't much to do in the way of assembly. Very easy. Once assembled the unit is rather simple to adjust. The seat adjustments are done via adjusting the various Velcro straps that control lumbar support, thigh support, and the angle of the seat back. Unfortunately the wheel mount is only tilt adjustable. It is not height adjustable and does not telescope. That said, it would not be difficult to modify this unit to your liking (especially if you need more height, or need it a little farther away from you) by cutting the tubing and welding in additional sections, or cutting out some and welding or clamping the unit back together. But I suspect if you need that level of adjustment you're going to spring for a dedicated rig.

Pedals: This is where things got tricky for me. It's easy to mount the G27 pedals to the pedal base with the supplied strap, but the Fanatec ClubSport V2 pedals require a custom base to mount. I bolted mine to two sections of 14x6x1 whitewood, then removed the foam padding from the Playseat pedal base and used ½" pipe clamps to secure it. This worked like a charm, and the pedals are extremely stable. The pedal base is not height adjustable, so if you want to angle your pedals you will need to build an angled base - I tried putting some extra boards underneath the end, but this was not very stable and puts undue stress on the two plastic clips that hold the pedal base to the seat. The base really needs to be flat on the ground.

Shifter Mount: As has been mentioned by other reviewers, there is no supplied shifter mount bracket. Instead of paying for the Playseat mount, I used a section of ½" box aluminum and used the G27 wheel clamps to secure it in place. I clamped the G27 shifter to the box aluminum rail and voila... a sub $5 shifter mount that works very well.

Storage: The main reason I bought the Challenge is because I live in an apartment and don't want to have a dedicated cockpit in the way all of the time. The Challenge is very easy to fold up and store away in a closet or against a wall somewhere. Because I have the Fanatec ClubSport V2 pedals on a custom mount, I disconnect the pedal base and leave it under my desk. I fold the seat like you see in the pictures and tuck it away in a closet. Very easy.

Complaints: Less of a complaint but more of an observation - the seat is a bit on the low side. My desk is 28.5" high, so when I get the seat in position my monitors are maybe 2-3" higher than where I'd prefer them. Not really a big deal in the grand scheme of things as I can work around it with view adjustments in iRacing.

Final Thoughts: This is the perfect solution for the casual racer that wants to set up a rig in front of their TV on occasions, or for the hardcore iRacers like me that just don't want to have a dedicated rig due to space concerns. Don't let the forum jokers and non-believers sway you, the Playseat Challenge is FAR from glorified lawn-chair!
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